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The Lifelong Learning and Music Committees present:

Dr. Gilad Cohen, Scholar-in-Residence

February 9 – 11, 2018

Join us for a weekend of music and learning with Dr. Gilad Cohen. We will hold a series of events Friday, Saturday and Sunday that will offer a full range of musical experiences. Dr. Cohen’s expertise ranges from Israeli, classical to classic rock music and everything in between. He will collaborate with Cantor Perper and Rabbi Diamond to teach us, move us and to open our minds to new experiences with Jewish music.

Friday, February 9 – 7:30 p.m. Erev Shabbat Services

Dr. Cohen will explore a text from liturgy, singing different musical settings of the text. He will lead a discussion on how those settings make us feel and think. Is the text joyous, introspective, or spiritual? Come listen and learn.

Saturday, February 10 – 7:00 p.m.

The evening begins with Havdalah and continues with a wonderful multi-media presentation of Israeli Songs – Then and Today. The presentation features recorded music as well as live performances by Dr. Cohen and Cantor Perper. Keeping with the theme of the evening, Israeli food and drink will be served.

Sunday, February 11 – 10:15 a.m.

Dr. Cohen will join Cantor Perper and Rabbi Diamond for an interactive T’filah including a session about music and liturgy and how these important elements inform our lives.

Gilad Cohen is an active composer, performer and theorist in various genres including concert music, rock and music for theatre. Recent and upcoming engagements include commissions from Barlow Endowment for the Arts, Concert Artists Guild, parlance Chamber Concerts and park Avenue Synagogue; performances by Lysander piano Trio, Israeli Chamber project, Tre Voci (Kim Kashkashian, Marina Piccinini and Sivan Magen), violist Paul Neubauer, and principal players of the metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Budapest Festival Orchestra; and releases on Albany Records, Naxos/Delos and Parma Recordings.

Notable awards include the 2016 Barlow prize, the Israeli Prime Minister Award for Composers, and top prizes in international competitions in the US, Europe, Asia and the middle-East. Gilad performs regularly with various ensembles around the US, playing piano, bass and guitar. An Assistant professor of music at Ramapo College of New Jersey, Gilad holds a Ph.D. in composition from Princeton University. His research about structure in the music of pink Floyd has resulted in publications on academic journals, lectures in the US and Israel, and the first-ever academic conference devoted to the band that Gilad produced in 2014 at Princeton University together with composer Dave Molk.

 About the Music Committee

Music is an integral part of life at Beth Haverim Shir Shalom. Every service, every life event is celebrated by its own musical theme. Whether you prefer the more traditional tunes you heard growing up or would like to explore more contemporary compositions, our cantor and choirs bring a balance of both that will surely strike the right note!

Our Adult Choir is an all-volunteer organization who dedicate themselves to making our services so special. If you are looking for an opportunity to share your talents, please consider adding your voice. Contact Cantor Perper at [email protected] for additional information.

The Youth Singers is where the children, third grade or older, can explore their talent and Jewish heritage. It also offers a great opportunity to make friends, get over the jitters about singing in front of the congregation and is a head start for bar/bat mitzvah preparation. To learn more, please email our choir mom, Lisa Lamster at [email protected].

Your last, but not least, opportunity to participate musically is the Music Committee itself. We meet once a month on the last Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.* in the synagogue. There is no musical talent requirement to be a member. Sense of humor and dedication are a must, however! If you have any questions about the committee or suggestions about programming, please contact our chairwoman, Nora Berger at [email protected]. Our mission statement is:

The mission of the Beth Haverim Shir Shalom Music Committee is to assist the cantor, educate and entertain the congregation by initiating and producing programs appropriate to all age and interest levels. Our aim is to appeal to different age groups at different times throughout the year.

Our fundraising will support charities whose efforts align with needs in Israel and/or the core values of our congregation.

We support the Adult Choir and Youth Singers, financially and otherwise, in their endeavors to expand their knowledge and repertoire. We assist them in their holy work both within the congregation and out in the community.

Nora Berger, Chair, [email protected]

*Dates and times may vary; for up-to-date information, please check with the synagogue office.

Join the BHSS Youth Singers Today!!

Click here for a registration form.

If you have any questions, please phone the synagogue office at 201-512-1983 or email to [email protected] and provide us with your child’s name and grade, and your telephone number.